Curriculum Ideas for Fall 2013

I was wanting to gather some resources, and to be a good steward of the resources that we already had here at the house, so I asked the kids to help me make a list of things that we wanted to study this Fall.

The toddlers didn’t actually get any input.  They’re going to be continuing with the ABC Jesus Loves Me two year old curriculum and then probably the three year old curriculum.  We just do a few items off of the suggestions each day, and I feel good about building intentional time in with the little kids.

As far as Firecracker and Rose go, here are their suggestions, combined with a few of mine that I hope they’re going to love.

Books we plan to read:

  • The Real Mother Goose
  • Life of Fred
  • The Burgess Bird Book
  • The Spider and the Fly
  • Chicks and Chickens
  • George Washington Carver:  From Slave to Scientist
  • Castle Diary
  • A Medieval Feast
  • Knights and Castles

There will be other books that come up, but those are the ones on our list now.

Topics we plan to study  (The AB beside the study means that I plan to use the Unit Study by Amanda Bennett curriculum as a resource):

  • Chickens
  • Discover the Brain (AB)
  • Fish and Fishing
  • Worms
  • Gardens (AB)
  • Oceans (AB)
  • Finding Nemo
  • Pigs
  • Cats
  • Winter Wonders (AB)
  • Dogs (AB)
  • Knights and Castles/Middle Ages
  • Expedition China (AB)
  • Chocolate Challenge (AB)

We also study the Bible via Community Bible Study and AWANAs.  The topic for Community Bible Study this year is Romans, and I think it’s going to be an exciting and challenging study.  Firecracker and I will both study Romans and the other kids will be doing the preschool lessons for younger children.  All four children will be able to participate in AWANA this year.  Also, we’re almost through with Numbers, and we will be continuing to read through the Bible one chapter at a time.

We do participate in a homeschool group bookclub, and we get some of our literature units and study topics from the books in that we read for that.  This is the list of books for this year:

  • Homer Price
  • Little Pear
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Story of the Treasure Seekers
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Moffats
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

We also plan to participate in a co-op for the first time this year, and I’m sure that this will affect our studies.  I am slated to teach Firecracker’s history class for fall, and it will be a Civil War in literature class, so we’ll just have to play this one by ear and see how it affects our studies at home and what the children will be learning about through co-op.

I also don’t really know when we’re going to start working on this list.  Probably some time after we finish learning about Japan and about Princesses 🙂  If you know of any can’t miss resources for any of these books or for any of our study topics, just let me know so I can check them out.

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